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In Search of Sustainable Democratic Governance for Africa: does democracy work for developing countries?

"The 2007 symposium built upon the fascinating policy debates that participants started during the inaugural symposium. The main purpose was to deepen the debate and to tease out relevant policy interventions. They focused on how best democratic ...

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the ...

Zimbabwe's Democracy: Quantifying the impact of electoral maladministration

"The object of this paper is to measure the extent to which election (mal)administration contributed to the performance of the two main contenders. It thus concentrates on issues that supersede the violence etc. It examines consequences of admini...

Botswana Electoral System Reform Conference Boipuso Hall, Gaborone, Botswana 14-15 March 2006

"OSISA, EISA and the local partners in Botswana , Emang Basadi and Women’s Caucus came together to provide a forum for all stakeholders in Botswana to discuss existing problems with the electoral system and to make specific recommendations for a p...

EISA Observer Mission Report D R Congo The 2005 Constitutional Referendum in the DRC 18-19 December 2005

"This report outlines the EISA Observer Mission's assessment, findings and analysis of the referendum process in all its phases, specifically the pre-polling, polling and counting phases, as well as the post-referendum phase that includes the anno...

Challenges for Democratic Governance and Human Development in Africa - EISA Annual Symposium - Wanderers Club Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa 8-10 November 2006

"The overall goal of the symposium initiative was to provide a dialogue forum from various stakeholders on critical issues that affect Africa's developmental and democratic prospects. The specific goals were to: generate debate around democracy an...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report: Zambia Presidential, parliamentary and local government elections 28 September 2006

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA Observer Mission to the Zambian tripartite elections of 28 September 2006, including the mission’s findings, analysis and recommendations on the electoral process in all its phases, especially the...

Handbook on Legislation and Regulations for South Africa's Local Government Elections 2006

"This handbook is intented to provide clear and accessible information about the laws and regulations which will determine the administration of the 2006 local government elections. The contents should be helpful for electoral administrators and v...

EISA Regional Observer Mission Report: Botswana parliamentary and local government elections 30 October 2004

"EISA found that in general, the electoral and political environment in Botswana is conducive to the holding of democratic elections. In addition the various election related processes provided for by legislation, such as voter registration and th...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report South Africa National and provincial elections 12-14 April 2004

"This report gives the main findings of the mission and makes recommendations to relevant election stakeholders for future elections. The report will be shared with the Independant Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), political parties that...

Is Swaziland a Democracy?

"This paper basically focuses on whether or not Swaziland is a democracy. As this question cannot be answered in abstracto, but with due reference to the actual practices and procedures employed by the Swaziland government in the constitutional a...

South Africa's Political Futures The Positive and Negative Implications of One-Party Dominance

"This article explores how diverse views of South Africa’s future are sustained by genuine imponderables arising from the interaction between politics and policy. The first section draws on recent advances in the local academic literature to inves...

Managing Democracy: A Review of SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

"According to this report, democratization in Africa has spurred substantial progress in the electoral process. Party registration laws have been reformed to allow for the registration of more political parties. Electoral institutions are being ov...

Election Talk [Zimbabwe]

This newsletter has 3 articles by different authors. Grant Masterson discusses the announcement of interim results and irregularities of the 2005 parliamentary elections. The final results were based on postal returns from all 120 constituencies. ...

Election Talk [Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana]

This brief consists of several articles written by 5 different authors. Brooks and Letsholo highlighted the nature of the accusations from the warring parties, which appear to have surrounded RENAMO leader, Afonso Dhlakama's visit to Sofala in Apr...

From Military Rule to Multiparty Democracy Political Reforms and Challenges in Lesotho

"This study seeks to evaluate the prospects for the endurance of multiparty democracy in Lesotho. The data used is based primarily on information gathered during interviews with key stakeholders – that is, political parties, electoral commissioner...

Dilemmas of Political Transition: Towards Institutionalisation of Multiparty Democracy In Tanzania

"The paper identifies Tanzania’s democracy as an electoral democracy that is consolidating, albeit at a snail’s pace and despite the numerous challenges it continues to face. Since the introduction of multiparty politics Tanzania is, still going ...

Elections and Democracy in Zambia

"This case study seeks to evaluate the prospects for the endurance of multiparty democracy in Zambia. The data used is based primarily on information gathered during interviews with key stakeholders in the political process in Zambia, namely polit...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on ...

Election Talk [Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia]

This report comprises several articles which were written by 4 different authors. Dr Chirwa discussed the "bogus" voter statistics due to a recent feud between the Malawi Electoral Commission and the National Statistical Office. Prof Tsie focused ...

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